Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Memorial Day in the United States

Memorial Day in the United States For this solemn holiday, I was thinking of the pieces that I had restored which fit the theme and mood of this day. The first one I thought of was Sowerby’s “Requiescat in Pace.” … Continue reading

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Garth Was Quite A Character

Garth Was Quite A Character I got this great comment from an organist concerning Garth Edmundson. I knew Garth Edmundson. He was a family friend, and my father and I studied voice with his wife, Anna. I used to quietly … Continue reading

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The Story of the Organ in the Trocadéro

The Story of the Organ in the Trocadéro by Tom Nichol Lyon, in east-central France, contains, among its many artistic treasures, an almost forgotten, yet quite significant, musical instrument—namely, the organ of the Maurice Ravel Auditorium. This article will give … Continue reading

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Now THIS Is a Review of an Organ Concert

  Considerable Curiosity and Interest Were Excited This post is just for fun. Below is an extract from a newspaper article about an organist and his concert. Try to guess who played. Hints are “St Luke’s” and “London.” When you’ve … Continue reading

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Assembling An Organ from Parts

Amazing 800-pipe Organ for Sale (some assembly required) This Compton of 800 pipes is planned to sell at auction up for sale — “but the buyer will need to put it together, as auctioneer Nigel Kirk reports.” This need for … Continue reading

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Brigadier General Charles Gates Dawes

Brigadier General Charles Gates Dawes With the recent interest in Dawes’ Melody in A and the pop song derived from it, I thought it was a good time to post the article that Bob Moody wrote for the restoration (back … Continue reading

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Gen Dawes’ and His Famous Melody in A

Gen Dawes’ and His Famous Melody in A From February 1922 comes this review of the Dawes’ Melody in A. I found it in The American Organist in the “News and Notes” Section. You will learn what this writer thought … Continue reading

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Treat for Lovers of Organ Music

Treat for Lovers of Organ Music News from the Isle of Man about an organ that Peter Jones praised as “one of the island’s finest instruments.” St George’s church in Douglas houses the island’s newest church organ, built by Harrison … Continue reading

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Offertoire for Vox Humana Recorded

Offertoire for Vox Humana Recorded To my knowledge, this is the first time Thayer’s “Offertoire for Vox Humana” has been recorded. John Apple recorded it in his current church on an organ which didn’t have a Vox so he used … Continue reading

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Dr Barton’s Flaming Marche

Dr Barton’s Flaming Marche Most of you have seen in my recent announcement this march with the composer listed only as “I Barton.” In this blog post, I am going to tell you a bit about him and share you … Continue reading

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